Rust Belt presents greatest hits

YOUNGSTOWN — Rust Belt Theater Company spoofs theater culture with “Forbidden Youngstown,” which returns Friday for a three-weekend run.

The bawdy musical revue is in the vein of the long-running “Forbidden Broadway,” which pokes fun at current New York favorites, although the focus of the local production is community and independent theater off off off off off Broadway.

According to Rust Belt founder and “Forbidden Youngstown” creator Robert Dennick Joki, “We premiered this show in 2013, and it’s been a huge hit for us. As the show has progressed, we’ve parodied so many songs and theatrical productions that we’ve decided to put together a set list of Forbidden Youngstown’s ‘greatest hits’. We are using the material that got the biggest reactions over the last six years.”

The cast features Nicole Zayas, Lisa Torrence, Kage Coven, Celena Coven, Angelisa Beltran, Lynn Sabeh, Alicia Royer, Jessica Patoray, Janelle Yohman, Cassie Wirtz and James Hain.

“Forbidden Youngstown: The Greatest Hits!” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through July 28 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling 330-507-2358.

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